Wed 26 November, 2014

15:45 Vampire Diaries Photos: Bonnie's Blue Christmas, Stefan's Big Reveal & More» TVLine » TVLine
Prepare yourselves for a bittersweet Christmas, Vampire Diaries fans. RELATED Vampire Diaries EP Breaks Down Damon and Elena’s Big Rain Kiss While new photos from the Dec. 11 holiday episode (The CW, 8/7c) feature flashbacks from happier times — yes, that’s Bon-Bon with the long hair — they also reveal a much sadder present-day Christmas for Mystic Falls’ […]
15:37 Family says Ferguson decision 'heartbreaking'» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Michael Brown's parents say jury's decision not to charge white officer who killed their unarmed son was "unbelievable".
15:19 Watch: The best TV News snow bloopers ever» Boing Boing

A lot of dick jokes in this video. [via Devour]

15:07 New video emerges of black cosplayer running for his life from cops who then shot and killed him» Boing Boing

Two months after Darrien Hunt was shot in the back and killed by Utah police, surveillance video that captured the moments before his death has been released. Read the rest

15:00 Batman vs. Darth Vader» Neatorama

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It’s the ultimate showdown of badass fictional characters in black! Never mind the odd crossover of the Disney and DC universes -at least there’s no problem with the style of music for these two. Who will win when the Caped Crusader goes against the Sith Lord with light sabers? Enjoy this Super Power Beat Down video from MachinimaPrime. -via Gamma Squad

15:00 What to get when you've got a budding hipster in your life» Engadget RSS Feed
It's that time of year again! You know, the one when you have to hand over your hard-earned cash or dole out the credit card digits to get the loved ones in your life a little something celebratory. Lucky you, we've got a slew of great recommendation...
14:50 Online grocers come up trumps in India's e-commerce boom» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

An employee reads an order list at a Big Basket warehouse on the outskirts of MumbaiBy Nivedita Bhattacharjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - Put off by snarled city traffic and a shortage of parking, more Indians are shopping for groceries online, helping e-tailers like Bigbasket.com and Localbanya.com turn in profits while supermarkets are struggling. The online grocers benefit from low overheads, as they store goods in warehouses outside big cities where commercial rents are sky-high. Some like Bigbasket. ...

14:47 James Cameron on Avatar sequels: “You will shit yourself with your mouth wide open.”» Boing Boing
Movie magazine Empire cornered director James Cameron with some questions about the forthcoming sequels to Avatar. Read the rest
14:40 AT&T tells FCC its threat to halt fiber rollout is only for new projects» Engadget RSS Feed
AT&T isn't backing down from its threat to halt its fiber rollout, which was a not-so-subtle jab at President Obama's pro-net neutrality / Title II comments earlier this month. Following an FCC inquiry about that announcement, AT&T said in a letter t...
14:31 Tale of stray dog in Ecuador who tagged along with adventure athlete team will melt your heart» Boing Boing
This terrific NPR radio segment is making the viral rounds for good reason. Read the rest
14:25 Jackie Chan Discs Help Boost Solar Panel Efficiency» Slashdot
wbr1 writes Apparently the pit pattern on a blu-ray disk is great at helping trap photons, rather than reflecting them. Applying this pattern to the glass in a solar panel can boost efficiency by 22%. Researchers at Northwestern tested this system with Jackie Chan discs. From the article: "To increase the efficiency of a solar panel by 22%, the researchers at Northwestern bought a copy of Police Story 3: Supercop on Blu-ray; removed the top plastic layer, exposing the recording medium beneath; cast a mold of the quasi-random pattern; and then used the mold to create a photovoltaic cell with the same pattern....The end result is a solar panel that has a quantum efficiency of around 40% — up about 22% from the non-patterned solar panel."

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14:25 Fly With the Brooklyn Aerodrome (Video)» Slashdot
A bit of housing insulation material, a battery, a motor and propellor, a radio receiver and transmitter, and servos to control the motor and a pair of ailerons, and you're ready to fly the Brooklyn Aerodrome way. This isn't a tiny radio-controlled paper airplane, but a big bruiser with a 1:1 power to weight ratio (which means it can climb like a bat out of hell) and enough guts to fly in reasonably windy conditions while carrying a camera -- except we'd better not mention cameras, since Brooklyn Aerodrome creations, whether kits or plans, are obviously intended tohelp you build model airplanes, not drones. Timothy ran into project proponent Breck Baldwin at a maker faire near Atlanta, surrounded by a squadron of junior pilots who may someday become astronauts on the Moon - Mars run -- or at least delivery drone controllers for Amazon. (Alternate Video Link)

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14:22 Twitter Plans to Peek at Your Apps to Serve You Targeted Ads» WIRED
Twitter Plans to Peek at Your Apps to Serve You Targeted Ads

Twitter will soon identify the other apps on your phone in an effort to personalize your experience on its service---i.e. serve you targeted ads.

The post Twitter Plans to Peek at Your Apps to Serve You Targeted Ads appeared first on WIRED.

14:00 Classic Authors' American Houses on Google Maps» Neatorama

Mark Twain
351 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, Connecticut 

It's often said that writers' desks are important, in that they reflect their approach and routine. Thus, the homes of famous writers have always been of interest to people, particularly those immersed in the literary world, because they are an extension of that space. Short List assembled a collection of famous writers' former abodes, visible on Google maps. First they put together a list of Classic Authors' British Houses On Google Maps, and in a follow-up, they have a list of houses in the U.S., some of which are pictured here. 

Check out the rest of these former homes of classic writers here.  

Jack Kerouac
1478 Clouser Avenue, Orlando, Florida

Edgar Allan Poe
203 N. Amity Street, Baltimore 

13:52 Erdogan slams US 'impertinence' over Kobane» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Turkish leader criticises Washington for pushing for help over Kobane when US earlier stood by amid Assad "massacres".
13:51 Algeria kills suspect in French beheading» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Army says it killed a man last month who was involved in the murder in September of French hiker Herve Gourdel.
13:49 Twitter will track which apps you use on your phone» Engadget RSS Feed
It's no secret that Twitter has been looking for ways to put more targeted ads in your social feed, but its latest approach may make you uncomfortable if you jealously protect your privacy. The service has revealed that its app will start tracking wh...
13:36 Icelandic hacker pleads guilty to embezzling funds from Wikileaks» Boing Boing

An Icelandic hacker who was once an ally of Julian Assange pled guilty Wednesday to charges that he embezzled 30 million Icelandic crowns ($240K USD) from Wikileaks. Read the rest

13:22 Flash Scoop: The Voice of Gideon Is...» TVLine » TVLine
The Flash‘s Gideon is… Black Canary?? TVLine has confirmed that Morena Baccarin — whose previous voice work includes such DC Comics characters as Dinah Lance (in the animated Justice League series), Talia al Ghul (Son of Batman) and Cheetah (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) — is voicing S.T.A.R. Labs honcho Dr. Harrison Wells’ AI […]
13:21 Tiny dog dressed as teddy bear exercises on treadmill» Boing Boing

Because “Shih Tzu” said aloud never gets old. The doggie's name is Munchkin. (more…)

13:18 Was Microsoft Forced To Pay $136M In Back Taxes In China?» Slashdot
itwbennett writes China's state-controlled Xinhua News Agency said on Sunday that an unnamed international company was forced to pay 840 million yuan ($136 million) in back taxes, as part of a Chinese government crackdown on tax evasion. The Xinhua article simply referred to it as the "M company," describing it as a top 500 global firm headquartered in the U.S. that in 1995 set up a wholly owned foreign subsidiary in Beijing. The details match Microsoft's own background, and no other company obviously fits the bill. Xinhua added, that despite the company's strengths, its subsidiary in China had not been not making a profit, and posted a loss of over $2 billion during a six-year period.

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13:18 DragonFly BSD 4.0 Released» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes From the release page: Version 4 of DragonFly brings Haswell graphics support, 3D acceleration, and improved performance in extremely high-traffic networks. DragonFly now supports up to 256 CPUs, Haswell graphics (i915), concurrent pf operation, and a variety of other devices.

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13:17 Squeezing into OMsignal's smart shirt of the future» Engadget RSS Feed
Thanksgiving is a time to remember things to be grateful for, stuff yourself with turkey and watch MST3k re-runs. But what happens the following day, when you wake up with a meat hangover that could kill a horse? That's the moment you'll stumble onli...
13:16 Arrow Scoop: Sin Returns for 'Pivotal' Role in Sara Murder Mystery» TVLine » TVLine
Though Sin was conspicuously absent from the immediate aftermath of BFF Sara’s murder, Bex Taylor-Klaus will reprise her Arrow role after the CW hit’s winter break, TVLine has confirmed. “She’s actually in Episode 12, titled ‘Uprising,'” showrunner Andrew Kreisberg shared at the screening of the Flash/Arrow crossover episodes (airing Dec. 2 and 3). “She plays […]
13:14 The Originals Photos: See Klaus' Adorable Reunion With Baby Hope» TVLine » TVLine
“Cute” isn’t a word often used to describe Klaus Mikaelson, but these new shots from The Originals‘ midseason finale (Dec. 8 at 8/7c on The CW) might change all that. RELATED The Originals Scoop: Will the Holidays Bring Hayley and Elijah Back Together? Finally reunited with baby Hope, Klaus is practically unrecognizable as he smiles and plays with […]
13:11 Malware in EU attack linked to British and U.S. intelligence agencies» Boing Boing

“Complex malware known as Regin is the suspected technology behind sophisticated cyberattacks conducted by U.S. and British intelligence agencies on the European Union and a Belgian telecommunications company, according to security industry sources and technical analysis conducted by The Intercept.”

What's most notable about this report: it comes with samples of the NSA's code, ready for you to download and test out for yourself, if you dare. [firstlook.org]

13:02 Uber CEO must turn over emails in gratuity lawsuit, U.S. judge rules» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Kalanick arrives at the Time 100 gala celebrating the magazine's naming of the 100 most influential people in the world for the past year, in New YorkBy Dan Levine OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) - Uber Chief Executive Travis Kalanick must disclose some of his emails to plaintiff lawyers in a lawsuit accusing the car service of misleading customers about how it shares gratuities with drivers, a U.S. judge said on Wednesday. An Uber customer filed a proposed class action lawsuit against the company earlier this year, saying an advertised 20 percent gratuity is "false, misleading, and likely to deceive members of the public" because Uber keeps a substantial portion of the money. ...

13:00 Israel strips attacker's widow of residency» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Israel revokes Nadia Abu Jamal's residency after her husband's involvement in attack on West Jerusalem synagogue.
13:00 Icelandic hacker says guilty of stealing money from Wikileaks» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Logo of the Wikileaks website is pictured on a smartphone in TokyoREYKJAVIK (Reuters) - An Icelandic computer hacker and former associate of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange unexpectedly pleaded guilty on Wednesday to embezzling 30 million Icelandic crowns ($240,000) from the organization. Sigurdur Thordar­s­son's courtroom plea is the latest twist in the saga of Wikileaks, which released thousands of secret U.S. embassy cables in 2010 and 2011, deeply embarrassing Washington. Known as 'Siggi the Hacker', Thordar­s­son has previously said that he turned an informant for the U.S. ...

13:00 Is Your Flight Delayed? Siberians Laugh at Your Misery» Neatorama

This sounds like a setup for an “In Mother Russia…” joke, but it happened at the Igarka airport above the Arctic Circle. The flight to the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk was in danger of being cancelled because the plane was frozen to the ground! Technicians said that the plane’s landing gear was greased with a lubricant that was not suitable for Arctic temperatures- and at 52 degrees below zero, that’s important. The airport’s tractor didn’t work, either, because its brake pads were frozen. What to do? The 70 or so passengers waiting for the flight were mostly oil field workers who wanted to go home, so they did what they had to do: they pushed the plane.  

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Ivan Ivanov caught this footage of the procedure. They managed to free the plane from the frozen tarmac, and the flight to Krasnoyarsk was completed without further problems. Read the story and see more pictures at The Siberian Times. -via Digg

12:38 US warns about spyware that many believe it wrote» Engadget RSS Feed
Want to see a classic example of irony? Head to the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT) website. The government security group has issued a public warning about Regin... you know, the extra-sophisticated malware that many suspect the US wrote...
12:28 Is the US criminal justice system biased?» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Decision not to charge white police officer over death of unarmed black teenager prompts protests across US.
12:26 Egypt sentences 78 minors to prison» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Alexandria court hands juveniles aged 13 to 17 jail sentences of two to five years for belonging to "an outlawed group".
12:15 WaveNET – the Floating, Flexible Wave Energy Generator» Slashdot
Zothecula writes: Scotland's Albatern is putting a new, modular spin on renewable energy generation. WaveNET is a scalable array of floating "Squid" generator units that harvest wave energy as their buoyant arms rise and fall with the motion of the waves. Each Squid can link up to as many as three others, effectively creating a large, floating grid that's flexible in every direction. The bigger this grid gets, the more efficient it becomes at harvesting energy, and the more different wave movements it can extract energy from. Albatern's 10-year target is to have 1.25 kilometer-long floating energy farms pumping out as much as 100 megawatts by 2024.

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12:15 Clarificiation on the IP Address Security in Dropbox Case» Slashdot
Bennett Haselton writes A judge rules that a county has to turn over the IP addresses that were used to access a county mayor's Dropbox account, stating that there is no valid security-related reason why the IP addresses should be exempt from a public records request. I think the judge's conclusion about IP addresses was right, but the reasoning was flawed; here is a technically more correct argument that would have led to the same answer. Keep Reading to see what Bennett has to say about the case.

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12:12 Mystery of 'Vampire' Burials Solved» LiveScience.com
Six people who were buried as "vampires" in a Polish village were actually locals who may have been killed by cholera, new research suggests.
12:09 How Sea Spray Seeds the Sky» LiveScience.com
Scientists in California are bringing the ocean into the lab to learn the full impact of sea spray aerosols.
12:07 Simulating Sea Spray to Solve Climate Mystery (Gallery)» LiveScience.com
Using a 3,000 gallon wave flume, researchers are teasing out the subtle secrets of ocean aerosols.
12:00 Ten Facts About R.E.M.» Neatorama

Formed in 1980, R.E.M. enjoyed a lot of critical acclaim and success — particularly for a band whose roots were firmly in the alternative genre  before they disbanded in 2011. The referring article is a collection of ten facts about the band, the original members of which included frontman Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, bassist Mike Mills and drummer Bill Berry. 

One fact that, in my mind, is completely understandable is the detestability of Shiny Happiness. The band's 1991 album Out of Time featured the song "Shiny, Happy People," which featured vocals by the B-52s' Kate Pierson. The single was released the same year. Yet how long can one reasonably remain shiny and happy, particularly when proclaiming they are such is a regular part of employment? For Michael Stipe and the band, the answer was several years or less. By 1995, Stipe publicly pronounced that he hated the song, as did the rest of the band. 

Read more facts about R.E.M., including the origins of the album names Out of Time and Automatic for the People and an unfortunate tantrum of Peter Buck's on an airplane, here.

Image: Wikipedia 

12:00 Black Friday: a brief history of madness and discounts» Engadget RSS Feed
Finally! It's the time of year once more when Americans line up outside of major retail outlets at absurdly early hours in an effort to score the lowest prices on all manner of consumer goods. Looking for a washer/dryer on the cheap? How about a Sams...
11:59 WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: The Office (UK Version)» WIRED
WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: The Office (UK Version)

The most influential comedy since Seinfeld doesn't take long to mainline, and is the cringiest, best time you'll ever have.

The post WIRED Binge-Watching Guide: The Office (UK Version) appeared first on WIRED.

11:39 TVLine Items: Game of Thrones Season 5 Teaser, Netflix Nabs Coven and More» TVLine » TVLine
We’re still months (and months and months) away from Game of Thrones‘ return, but visions of what Season 5 might hold are already starting to trickle in. RELATED Game of Thrones Cast Re-Ups for Seventh (and Final?) Season HBO has released a new Arya-centric teaser video, instructing fans to “follow the three-eyed raven.” It’s all to bring attention to […]
11:30 Behind Google's Europe woes, American accents» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

People pose with laptops in front of projection of Google logo in this picture illustration taken in ZenicaBy Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) - When EU politicians call for the break-up of Google, it can sound like sour grapes, the anti-American backlash of an aging Europe envious, and fearful, of the wealth and growing power of young U.S. tech giants. Indeed, to many in Brussels it is Google's fellow Americans - such as Microsoft, Expedia and TripAdvisor - whose complaints and big-money lobbying have driven a four-year-old investigation by the powerful European Commission into whether Google abuses its dominance of Internet searches to push favored Web sites.

11:29 Turkey Talk: Anatomy of the Thanksgiving Centerpiece» LiveScience.com
We know that a wishbone grants wishes, but what does it do for the turkey? From the wishbone to the wings, there is more to the physiology of Thanksgiving's central bird than how it tastes.
11:29 Video: F1 Drivers Race Through a Dubai Mall in Renault’s Tiny EV» WIRED
Video: F1 Drivers Race Through a Dubai Mall in Renault’s Tiny EV

When you give F1 drivers a lightweight ride with plenty of power and free run of the enormous and nearly empty Dubai Mall, they can put on a show.

The post Video: F1 Drivers Race Through a Dubai Mall in Renault’s Tiny EV appeared first on WIRED.

11:27 Sneak Peek: Jessie Holidays With Teen Beach Star, Liv and Maddie's Bros» TVLine » TVLine
Disney Channel’s annual “Fa-la-la-lidays” programming event kicks off Friday at 8/7c with a Jessie/Liv and Maddie crossover (punctuated by a splash of Teen Beach 2), and we’ve got an exclusive sneak peek brought to you by Debby Ryan herself. In the hour-long “Jessie’s Aloha Holidays with Parker and Joey,” Jessie and the Ross kids celebrate […]
11:21 The Yawn Known as HR Gamification» WIRED
The Yawn Known as HR Gamification

Is it just me or have we all been talking for a long time now about how gamification is going to revolutionize HR functions? While much of the research indicates that more businesses and brands are using gamification to drive greater engagement with consumers than ever before, most folks in HR are just scratching the surface […]

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11:18 Just get through Thanksgiving.» The Bloggess
Tomorrow I’ll be spending Thanksgiving with my in-laws.  I never cook anything because I can’t operate a stove without the smoke alarm going off but I did offer to make the turkey this year just so I could make this: It’s … Continue reading
11:16 OnePlus is opening a retail store in China» Engadget RSS Feed
Still haven't scored an invitation for a OnePlus One, and missed out on the rare public sales? You may want to book a flight to China. OnePlus has revealed its first-ever retail shop, which will officially open in Beijing on December 20th. As you mig...
11:13 Late Late Show to Fill 9-Week Gap: 10 Male Guest Hosts, a Week of The Talk» TVLine » TVLine
James Corden is getting quite the opening act — 15 of ‘em, to be exact — before he takes over as host of The Late Late Show on Monday, March 9, 2015. CBS on Wednesday announced a roster of guest hosts that will fill the gap between Craig Ferguson’s exit — slated for Dec. 19 — and Corden’s […]
11:10 Auto Industry Teams Up With Military To Stop Car Hacking» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: A team of hackers is collaborating with military and industry groups to develop cyber security defenses for commercially available cars, in response to a growing threat from criminals and terrorists. In the U.K., hackers are now responsible for a third of car thefts in London and there are fears that while technology is progressing, older models will remain vulnerable to attack. Although there have been no reported instances of a car being completely commandeered outside of controlled conditions, during tests hackers come out on top every time – unlocking car boots, setting off windscreen wipers, locking brakes, and cutting the engine.

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11:02 Smoking in US Declines to All-Time Low» LiveScience.com
The percentage of U.S. adults who smoke cigarettes was 17.8 percent in 2013, a drop from 20.9 percent in 2005, and the lowest rate of smoking since researchers began tracking this figure in 1965.
11:00 Black Friday: Then and Now» Neatorama

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When did people start losing their minds over Christmas shopping? Maybe it was a gradual process. Thirty years ago, shopping centers promoted Black Friday as a good day to get your Christmas shopping done, and a lot of folks listened. Here are a couple of news reports from WLOX, on Thanksgiving Day and then on Black Friday in 1983. The money quote: “It  gets a little crowded.” People were happily enduring the crowds, and indeed, at least one shopper just wanted to join the crowds for holiday cheer.

Compare that with what we’ve seen in the past few years, as shopping has become a competition to see who can score one of those “limited supply” electronic gadgets at half price. Here’s a supercut uploaded last year.

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The money saved on items we really don’t need does not justify the time, hassle, and danger of injury to oneself or others involved in the modern version of Black Friday. There’s still a month left to shop, smaller stores to visit, online sales that involve no hassle at all, and one’s sanity to consider. -via Uproxx

10:52 The Internet of Things Is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes (Part 2)» WIRED
The Internet of Things Is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes (Part 2)

Last week I talked about how people are thinking too small when they think about the Internet of Things (See Part 1). When we truly consider the ramifications of connecting a vast array of data-gathering sensors, devices, and machines together, what’s important to realize is that information will be translated into action at a rate […]

The post The Internet of Things Is Far Bigger Than Anyone Realizes (Part 2) appeared first on WIRED.

10:49 The clown-prince of DHS checkpoint refusal videos» Boing Boing

We've covered Checkpoint Refusal videos before (1, 2, 3) -- these are videos recorded by people who object to the DHS's internal checkpoints, where you are asked (but can refuse) to state your citizenship and allow your car to be searched -- but I missed the most prolific, funniest, and weirdest checkpointer of them all: Robert Trudell. Read the rest

10:37 US courts hope an old law will help them bypass phone encryption» Engadget RSS Feed
Federal law enforcement might not be having much success pushing for laws that require a security backdoor on your phone, but that doesn't mean it's out of options. Judges (including one who published an opinion on a New York fraud case) have been le...
10:36 William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Imperial Boxed Set» Boing Boing

William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy: The Royal Imperial Boxed Set

The boxed, hardcover set of William Shakespeare's Star Wars Trilogy, by Ian Doescher, is now available.

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10:32 Kingdom Sneak Peek: Jay Does 'Curls for the Girls,' Hunts Nate's Attacker» TVLine » TVLine
Tonight on Kingdom (DirecTV Audience Network, 10/9c), Jay works both his biceps and his charms, in the name of very different goals. In the first sneak peek above, Jay (played by Jonathan Tucker) is doing “curls for the girls” in front of the gym mirrors that Ryan (Matt Lauria) busted during last week’s rage when […]
10:31 AT&T says fiber spending pause affects only new commitments» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

An AT&T logo and communication equipment is shown on a building in Los AngelesWASHINGTON (Reuters) - AT&T Inc sought to clarify to U.S. regulators its plans to pause investments in high-speed Internet connections until "net neutrality" rules are settled, saying in a letter on Wednesday that the plans related to new and not existing commitments. The Federal Communications Commission earlier this month pressed the company to explain its plans to stop investing in high-speed Internet connections in 100 cities until the agency sorts out new "net neutrality" rules for how Internet service providers manage web traffic on their networks. ...

10:28 Dogs Hear Word Meanings And Emotions | Video» LiveScience.com
New research reveals that dogs process the emotional and contextual content of commands in a different brain region from the one processing words.
10:24 3-D Printed Parts That Help Your Kids Play With Their Food» WIRED
3-D Printed Parts That Help Your Kids Play With Their Food

If your kid is going to play with her vegetables, you might as let her really get down to business.

The post 3-D Printed Parts That Help Your Kids Play With Their Food appeared first on WIRED.

10:18 Cape Watch: Wonder Woman Gets a Director and Jared Leto Gets Coy About the Joker» WIRED
Cape Watch: Wonder Woman Gets a Director and Jared Leto Gets Coy About the Joker

With the holidays just around the corner, Cape Watch has arrived on the scene just a little earlier than usual to ensure that you have something to distract you while you try and sit and patiently wait for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. We've got a couple of announcements about movies you won't see for at least a couple of years, tales of a female director for Wonder Woman, and Jared Leto's best attempt at distraction from the topic at hand. Here are the highlights of the week's superhero news.

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10:04 WIFI ODB-II plug in for checking car and motorcycle error codes» Boing Boing

When my Check Engine Light goes off I check the error codes with this WIFI enabled ODB-II plug. For $15 it buys me a lot of peace of mind.

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10:04 Is Ruby On Rails Losing Steam?» Slashdot
itwbennett writes: In a post last week, Quartz ranked the most valuable programming skills, based on job listing data from Burning Glass and the Brookings Institution. Ruby on Rails came out on top, with an average salary of $109,460. And that may have been true in the first quarter of 2013 when the data was collected, but "before you run out and buy Ruby on Rails for Dummies, you might want to consider some other data which indicate that Rails (and Ruby) usage is not trending upwards," writes Phil Johnson. He looked at recent trends in the usage of Ruby (as a proxy for Rails usage) across MS Gooroo, the TIOBE index, the PYPL index, Redmonk's language rankings, and GitHut and found that "demand by U.S. employers for engineers with Rails skills has been on the decline, at least for the last year."

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10:04 Hacker Threatened With 44 Felony Charges Escapes With Misdemeanor» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: It's no secret that prosecutors usually throw every charge they can at an alleged criminal, but the case of Aaron Swartz brought to light how poorly-written computer abuse laws lend themselves to this practice. Now, another perfect example has resolved itself: a hacker with ties to Anonymous was recently threatened with 44 felony counts of computer fraud and cyberstalking, each with its own 10-year maximum sentence. If the charges stuck, the man was facing multiple lifetimes worth of imprisonment. But, of course, they didn't. Prosecutors struck a deal to get him to plead guilty to a single misdemeanor charge, which carried only a $10,000 fine. The man's attorney, Tor Eklund, said, "The more I looked at this, the more it seemed like an archetypal example of the Department of Justice's prosecutorial abuse when it comes to computer crime. It shows how aggressive they are, and how they seek to destroy your reputation in the press even when the charges are complete, fricking garbage."

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10:00 Do Dogs Understand Words or Emotions?» LiveScience.com
Dogs process the emotional and semantic context of words in separate parts of the brain, just like humans, suggesting they understand both words and the emotion behind them.
10:00 8 Ways You Can See Einstein's Theory of Relativity in Real Life» LiveScience.com
Relativity is one of the most famous scientific theories of the 20th century, but how well does it explain the things we see in our daily lives?
10:00 Revenge Sneak Peek: Ben Makes Emily an Offer She Can't Refuse» TVLine » TVLine
Does Ben have the worst timing — or the best? Even after watching this exclusive clip from Sunday’s Revenge (ABC, 10/9c) we’re still not sure. RELATED Revenge Photos: Is Emily Having a Change of Heart About Ben? The officer/gentleman swings by Emily’s house to formally ask her out on a date, but she’s a little tied up at the moment. […]
10:00 Neverball - The Lightning Rat Guide To Grunge» Neatorama

Neverball by Wirdou

There were all sorts of fun games going on when Ash and his friends showed up at the Poke Master Mega Block Party, like pin the tail on the snorlax and bobbing for Poke balls, but Ash knew Pika would only want to do one thing- take a dip in the pool! Ash uttered the phrase "I choose you!" and tossed Pika and the Poke ball right into the deep end, and when Pika emerged underwater it felt like nirvana. However, the rest of the pocket monsters and trainers who were swimming in the pool didn't appreciate Pika's electric feel...

When your friends say "here we are, now entertain us" you can show them this clever Neverball t-shirt by Wirdou and watch them roar with laughter!

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10:00 Optical Illusions Accidentally Created By Animals» Neatorama

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It’s only natural to see optical illusions in the world around us, and nature likes to unintentionally serve up some real mind-benders that force you to take a second look in order to wrap your mind around what your eyes are seeing.

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Some animals incorporate optical illusions into their body markings on purpose, but most animal based optical illusions are simply a matter of seeing things from the right angle at exactly the right moment.

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Little Things has put together a fun collection of 22 Optical Illusions Created Accidentally By Animals, an assortment of odd animal pics sure to make you think your mind is playing tricks on you!

10:00 Engadget's Black Friday 2014 roundup» Engadget RSS Feed
Yes, it's once more time for Black Friday -- that beloved (and sometimes dreaded) day when you can brave crowded stores in hopes of scoring deals on gadgets that would otherwise be out of your reach. But who's offering the sweetest bargains? Never fe...
09:58 Report blames Brotherhood for Rabaa clashes» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Government report blames Muslim Brotherhood for post-coup violence but says large death toll could have been avoided.
09:58 Ratings: DWTS Draws Best Finale Numbers in 4 Seasons, Voice Hits Low» TVLine » TVLine
ABC’s Dancing With the Stars Season 19 finale on Tuesday night drew 15.8 million total viewers and a 2.9 demo rating, up 7 and 21 percent year-over-year to deliver its best finale numbers in four cycles, since November 2012. DWTS was Tuesday’s most watched, highest-rated program and also stands as TV’s most-watched unscripted series telecast […]
09:48 Ferguson: Why Do People Riot?» LiveScience.com
Mob psychology feeds a need to belong — and police efforts can backfire.
09:33 Vodafone made millions helping GCHQ spy on the world» Boing Boing

A newly released Snowden doc, published in the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, shows how Cable and Wireless (now a Vodafone subsidiary) made millions of pounds illegally installing fiber-taps to help GCHQ conduct its programme of mass surveillance. Read the rest

09:17 After seven years, you can finally own The Keyboard Waffle Iron» Engadget RSS Feed
Seven years ago, we brought you the story of a waffle iron that shaped the tasty treats into a keyboard. Plenty of you saw it and wished that you could have one of your very own, and it turns out that good things do come to those who wait. Designer C...
08:58 Former HP CEO Carly Fiorina Considering US Presidential Run» Slashdot
McGruber writes: Fired HP CEO and failed Republican Senate candidate Carly Fiorina is "actively exploring a 2016 presidential run." Fiorina has been "talking privately with potential donors, recruiting campaign staffers, courting grass-roots activists in early caucus and primary states, and planning trips to Iowa and New Hampshire starting next week."

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08:42 EU watchdogs to apply 'right to be forgotten' rule on Web worldwide» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

A Google search page is seen through the spectacles of a computer user in LeicesterBy Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European privacy regulators want Internet search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing to scrub results globally, not just in Europe, when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" as ruled by an EU court. The European Union's privacy watchdogs agreed on a set of guidelines on Wednesday to help them implement a ruling from Europe's supreme court that gives people the right to ask search engines to remove personal information that is "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant". ...

08:38 Egypt temporarily opens Gaza border crossing» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Rafah crossing reopened for two days as Cairo reports another attack on Egyptian troops in border town of El-Arish.
08:34 Samsung says its ChatOn messaging service is staying put» Engadget RSS Feed
Samsung may have shut down some of its services in recent months, but ChatOn? It's not going anywhere. While The Korea Times claimed that Samsung was going to drop its messaging service on a "region-to-region" basis because it wasn't making cash, the...
08:31 Baked Potauntaun» Boing Boing
This Star Wars-themed Indiegogo campaign seems unlikely to receive the official imprimatur of Lucasfilm. Read the rest
08:28 Tribesmen blow up Yemen's main oil pipeline» AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
Industry official says flow of oil for pipeline, which links to export terminal on Red Sea, has come to "complete halt".
08:26 Jurassic Park with cats instead of "velociraptors"» Boing Boing
The trailer for the new Jurassic Park film "Jurassic World" has just been released, and it's awesome. (Hello, Chris Pratt-as-dinosaur-hunter!) If you haven't seen it yet, you need to.

But since everyone else is sharing and posting the trailer, I thought I'd share something Jurassic Park-related but a little bit ... different.

David Mizejewski is a naturalist and media personality with the National Wildlife Federation.

08:26 Fear of aliens is based on our behavior» Boing Boing
Some more words of wisdom and perspective from Neil deGrasse Tyson. Read the rest
08:25 Pufferfish are amazing artists» Boing Boing
When threatened by predators, they can inflate themselves into giant balloons that are too large to swallow. Parts of their bodies are highly poisonous. But did you know what males of one species of pufferfish do to attract mates? Create icthyological masterpieces under the sea. (more…)
08:05 Vaporizer Review: Ascent by Da Vinci» Boing Boing

Ascent by Da Vinci

This review is part of a sponsored content series by Ascent by Da Vinci, a luxury hand-held vaporizer.

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08:00 A Horse Mask That’s Also a Squirrel Feeder, Because Why Not» WIRED
A Horse Mask That’s Also a Squirrel Feeder, Because Why Not

The Horse Head Squirrel Feeder makes squirrels look ridiculous and breathes new life into mythology in the process.

The post A Horse Mask That’s Also a Squirrel Feeder, Because Why Not appeared first on WIRED.

08:00 Sony’s New Full-Frame Camera Has Super-Stabilization Powers» WIRED
Sony’s New Full-Frame Camera Has Super-Stabilization Powers

The Sony Alpha A7 II keeps its full-frame sensor and XAVC S video steady with a five-axis stabilization system.

The post Sony’s New Full-Frame Camera Has Super-Stabilization Powers appeared first on WIRED.

08:00 Monty Hall, Erdos, and Our Limited Minds» WIRED
Monty Hall, Erdos, and Our Limited Minds

The Monty Hall problem is a rare mathematical problem that confounds our intuition is a most vexing way, even for probabilistic experts.

The post Monty Hall, Erdos, and Our Limited Minds appeared first on WIRED.

08:00 Seth Rogen’s Jewish-Canadian-American Thanksgiving» Neatorama

(Funny or Die Link)

Canadian filmmaker Seth Rogan grew up in a family that didn't observe Thanksgiving. They managed to explain that away to him in a manner that he didn't question -but sooner or later, children will find out the truth.

08:00 The new Sony A7 II camera arrives in the US next month for $1,700» Engadget RSS Feed
Sony's recently unveiled full-frame, mirrorless shooter, the A7 II, made a number of people quite excited when it was announced last week. Back then, though, the electronics company only revealed pricing and availability for Japan. Good news: Sony an...
07:56 LHC's 'Heart' Starts Pumping Protons Before Restart» Slashdot
astroengine writes: While on its long road to restart, yet another milestone was reached at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) over the weekend. Protons were generated by the LHC's source and blasted through a "daisy-chain" of smaller accelerators before being intentionally smashed into a metaphorical brick wall. The particle beam didn't reach the LHC's famous 17-mile (27-kilometer) accelerator ring — they were stopped just short — but the event was used to begin calibration efforts of the massive experiment's detectors before the whole system is powered back up again early next year. "These initial tests are a milestone for the whole accelerator chain," said the LHC's chief engineer, Reyes Alemany Fernandez. "Not only was this the first time the injection lines have seen beams in over a year, it was also our first opportunity to test the LHC's operation system. We successfully commissioned the LHC's injection and ejection magnets, all without beam in the machine itself."

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07:56 Canada's Ebola Vaccine Nets Millions For Tiny US Biotech Firm» Slashdot
Anita Hunt (lissnup) writes: Iowa-based NewLink Genetics has secured a US$50million deal with pharmaceutical giant Merck for the experimental Ebola vaccine developed by Canadian government scientists. NewLink bought the exclusive commercial licensing rights to Canada's VSV-EBOV in 2010 with a milestone payment of just US$205,000. This is an interesting new twist in a story we've discussed previously, and which continues to draw media attention.

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07:54 Developing Thanksgiving Eve Nor'easter Seen From Space | Time-Lapse Video» LiveScience.com
07:49 Richard Scarry's Busy Town in the 21st Century» Boing Boing

Follow @RubenBolling on Twitter and Facebook.

And "prove your virtue"* by joining the Tom the Dancing Bug subscription service, the INNER HIVE! "You'll feel good!"*


*Disclosure: these quotes actually apply to NPR pledges. (more…)

07:38 Microsoft rolls out Bing Maps traffic guesstimation worldwide» Engadget RSS Feed
Bing Maps users outside the US will now have a better idea of how long it takes to get from A to B, as Microsoft has just launched Clearflow traffic estimation around the world. The system works by taking live traffic data for main roads and surface ...
07:05 UK watchdog rules that YouTube Oreo ads take the biscuit» Engadget RSS Feed
Some vloggers have made it big on YouTube, so it's not surprising that advertisers want to tap into their burgeoning audiences. But rather than shell-out for a traditional pre-roll ad, they're paying the stars themselves to film their commercials. Th...
07:04 Photos of colorful Tokyo» Boing Boing
Kevin Kelly searches for maximum vibrancy in Tokyo Read the rest
07:00 Ten TV Episodes People Pretend Never Happened» Neatorama

When TV show creators get multiple seasons of a linear storyline under their belt the issues of continuity and retaining world integrity arise.

It's part of the creator’s job to keep track of everything that happened during the previous seasons in order to keep the storyline on track for future seasons.

This continuity is especially important in extremely linear genres like sci-fi, fantasy and drama, so what is a show creator to do when an episode goes against the show’s established storyline?

Generally they pretend that episode never happened and move on, and we’re left wondering what the creators were thinking when they came up with such a game changing episode!

io9 put together a collection of 10 TV Episodes That Everybody Pretends Never Happened, which includes the episode where Buffy is actually a mental patient and not a vampire slayer after all, my pick from the list for ultimate WTF TV moment.

07:00 Deepak Chopra: the spiritualist as technologist» Engadget RSS Feed
Deepak Chopra has an app. And that's about the least of the famed spiritual guru/physician/alternative-medicine advocate/friend of Oprah's technological ambitions....
06:52 Sony To Offer Partial Refunds For PS Vita» Slashdot
mpicpp sends this report from the Houston Chronicle: "Hundreds of thousands of people who bought the handheld gaming console PlayStation Vita are in line for a partial refund from Sony because of questionable claims in its advertising. The Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday it had reached a settlement with Sony Computer Entertainment America, the U.S.-based arm of the PlayStation business, over advertising claims that the government contended were misleading. As part of the proposed settlement, Sony will provide refunds to those who bought the PS Vita console before June 1, 2012. They'll be eligible for either a $25 cash or credit refund — or a $50 merchandise voucher from Sony. ... Among the claims challenged by the FTC: That the pocket-sized console would revolutionize gaming mobility by allowing consumers to play their PlayStation 3 games via "remote play" on the console anywhere with a Wi-Fi connection, [and] that people could engage in "cross-platform" play by starting a game on a PlayStation 3, pausing it, and continuing the game with the PS Vita from where they left off. Not really true, the FTC said.

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06:23 Strong Female Protagonist Book One» Boing Boing
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, several years' worth of the wonderful webcomic Strong Female Protagonist has been collected in a book called Strong Female Protagonist Book One, and the story is now available in a single, powerful draught. Cory Doctorow reviews a comic that has a lot more to say about justice than the typical superhero story. Read the rest
06:21 UK music industry pushes for a new tax on CD copying» Engadget RSS Feed
Before October 1st this year, you were probably a criminal. On that day, UK copyright law changed to include a private copying exception that, simply put, means you're allowed to copy media for your own personal use (not distribution, obviously). Thi...
06:08 UK terrorism watchdog criticises new security proposals» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

An armed police officer stands outside the Houses of Parliament, central LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Britain's terrorism watchdog has criticised the government's proposed new security laws, describing some of the measures as an "announcement waiting for a policy". A bill introduced by Home Secretary Theresa May on Wednesday is designed to crack down on Britons wanting to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight, and to prevent veterans of those conflicts from returning unless they agree to comply with the authorities under Temporary Exclusion Orders. ...

06:06 UK terrorism watchdog criticizes new security proposals» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

An armed police officer stands outside the Houses of Parliament, central LondonLONDON (Reuters) - Britain's terrorism watchdog has criticized the government's proposed new security laws, describing some of the measures as an "announcement waiting for a policy". A bill introduced by Home Secretary Theresa May on Wednesday is designed to crack down on Britons wanting to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight, and to prevent veterans of those conflicts from returning unless they agree to comply with the authorities under Temporary Exclusion Orders. ...

06:01 Don't call it a fire sale: Amazon's Phone is now $199» Engadget RSS Feed
When we reviewed Amazon's Fire Phone, we said that you'd better off waiting for the sequel. That's good advice for you, but not ideal for the company, since it ate a $170 million loss and has $83 million worth of unsold devices piled high in warehous...
05:36 Baghdad red tape puts Iraq Internet under Kurdish control» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

Iraqi Shi'ite youths use computers at an internet cafe in Sadr City in BaghdadBy Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Iraq's reliance on Kurdistan for Internet connectivity due to Baghdad bureaucracy has put the northern autonomous region in control of three-quarters of Iraqi networks. This runs contrary to what Baghdad had sought from state control of fixed infrastructure within its jurisdiction, and the situation has spooked private investors and neutered Internet development outside Kurdistan, which sets its own rules. Iraq bars private companies from owning fixed networks transiting domestic data and anything they build is usually seized by the government. Just 9. ...

05:12 Map of Endangered Shark's Wanderings Could Aid Conservation» LiveScience.com
A young hammerhead's 10.5-month journey through the Gulf of California reveals that the endangered shark often swam outside of protected areas, according to a new research that suggests key areas where protection could help the species survive.
05:08 Photos: How to Tag a Hammerhead Shark» LiveScience.com
Using a small electronic tracker, researchers were able to reconstruct the migratory path of a young female scalloped hammerhead shark living in the Gulf of California, Mexico.
05:04 Trek of a Hammerhead Shark Traced (Infographic)» LiveScience.com
For the first time, the movements of a wild hammerhead shark were tracked for a period of 10.5 months.
05:02 Dreams of Murder May Signal Real-Life Aggression» LiveScience.com
People who dream about murder may be more aggressive during waking hours, a controversial new study finds.
05:02 World's Newest Lava Lake Appears in Africa» LiveScience.com
Heralded by fiery lava fountains and plumes of poisonous gas, a new lava lake has appeared atop one of Africa's most active volcanoes.
05:00 How a Beauty Startup Turned Instagram Comments Into a Product Line» WIRED
How a Beauty Startup Turned Instagram Comments Into a Product Line

When Emily Weiss decided to create a cosmetics line from scratch, she just created a new Instagram account and started taking notes.

The post How a Beauty Startup Turned Instagram Comments Into a Product Line appeared first on WIRED.

05:00 What’s Up With That: The Real Causes of the Thanksgiving Sleepies» WIRED
What’s Up With That: The Real Causes of the Thanksgiving Sleepies

Is turkey to blame for your food coma, or could there be another reason Thanksgiving always leaves you as a crumpled mess on the couch?

The post What’s Up With That: The Real Causes of the Thanksgiving Sleepies appeared first on WIRED.

05:00 Feast on These New Netflix Delights After You Gorge on Stuffing» WIRED
Feast on These New Netflix Delights After You Gorge on Stuffing

It can seems like there’s an annoying cousin for every room in the house. Thankfully, streaming video offers sweet digital sanctuary. Here's what to watch.

The post Feast on These New Netflix Delights After You Gorge on Stuffing appeared first on WIRED.

05:00 Tombstone: The Greatest Western Ever» Neatorama

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

Western movies, of course, start and end with John Wayne. Whether it is Rio Bravo (my favorite John Wayne Western), Red River, The Shootist, True Grit, Stagecoach, or any one of the dozens of other Western classics he made in his long and illustrious career, John Wayne remains the Michael Jordan of the Western film.

Films about Wyatt Earp, the most famous Old West lawman, also abound in film history, whether it be Gunfight at the OK Corral, My Darling Clementine or the scores of lesser cinematic tributes, Earp remains "the" Old West icon of icons. With all this said, in my own humble opinion, 1993's masterpiece Tombstone is the finest western ever made.

Filmed on a budget of $25,000,000, Tombstone was the first-ever Wyatt Earp film to deeply research and pay actual attention to the Wyatt Earp period in Tombstone. Ironically, when the film was released, a few critics panned the film's straying from the truth and indulging in "revisionism.” This statement couldn't be further from the truth.

Tombstone has unparalleled accuracy in detail not only with dialogue, but mustaches, clothes, guns (including long-barreled and nickel-plated weapons), and, especially, hats (which had a clearly southwestern flavor, particularly in the cavalier-style sombreros worn by Wyatt and Doc Holliday.) It is also the first and only Wyatt Earp film to be shot in the country where the actual events took place, the first movie to use young, vigorous actors as the principals, and the first to make the town of Tombstone itself look exciting.

04:51 Sony Pictures' computers are still locked as hackers demand equality» Engadget RSS Feed
Sony Pictures' employees around the globe are still locked out of their company computers after they were hacked on the 24th by a group calling itself the "Guardians of Peace." Now, new details have emerged that shed some light on what they want and ...
04:30 Moving Walls Transform a Tiny Apartment Into a 5-Room Home» WIRED
Moving Walls Transform a Tiny Apartment Into a 5-Room Home

The solution allows the owner to have several spacious rooms---just not all at once.

The post Moving Walls Transform a Tiny Apartment Into a 5-Room Home appeared first on WIRED.

04:30 30 Years of Iconic Criterion Covers Collected in One Beautiful Book» WIRED
30 Years of Iconic Criterion Covers Collected in One Beautiful Book

Criterion Designs is a beautiful book that captures 30 years of iconic movie covers.

The post 30 Years of Iconic Criterion Covers Collected in One Beautiful Book appeared first on WIRED.

04:30 Fantastically Wrong: Why Is the Sky Blue? It’s Packed With Sexy Energy, of Course» WIRED
Fantastically Wrong: Why Is the Sky Blue? It’s Packed With Sexy Energy, of Course

I know of a simple box that can radically improve your health, a device so powerful that the FDA once banned it and condemned its inventor to prison. But luckily, and quite graciously, its design has been left unpatented, free for all who might care to harness the mysterious “orgone energy” that pervades our universe. […]

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04:30 Twitter Tries Out Coupons Despite Everything Groupon Taught Us» WIRED
Twitter Tries Out Coupons Despite Everything Groupon Taught Us

Twitter on Tuesday morning announced that it is testing Twitter Offers, a new product that lets retailers tweet special cash-back deals, which users can then claim in brick-and-mortar stores with their linked credit and debit cards. But will people actually use it?

The post Twitter Tries Out Coupons Despite Everything Groupon Taught Us appeared first on WIRED.

04:30 Spotify Doesn’t Hurt Artists: My Band Would Be Nowhere Without It» WIRED
Spotify Doesn’t Hurt Artists: My Band Would Be Nowhere Without It

If more big acts follow Taylor Swift’s lead, bands like ours could lose an important outlet to have their music heard.

The post Spotify Doesn’t Hurt Artists: My Band Would Be Nowhere Without It appeared first on WIRED.

04:30 Oops: After Threatening Hacker With 440 Years, Prosecutors Settle for a Misdemeanor» WIRED
Oops: After Threatening Hacker With 440 Years, Prosecutors Settle for a Misdemeanor

The defense attorney for one young hacker with ties to Anonymous argues prosecutors indicted his client on 44 baseless felony charges as an intimidation and smear tactic.

The post Oops: After Threatening Hacker With 440 Years, Prosecutors Settle for a Misdemeanor appeared first on WIRED.

04:16 Song for Shaker: free the last UK Gitmo prisoner!» Boing Boing

Andy writes, "This is the promotional video for a new campaign, We Stand with Shaker, aimed at securing the release from Guantanamo of Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in the prison, who is still held despite being approved for release in 2007 and 2009." Read the rest

04:15 13 Cat-Approved Gifts for Fabulous Felines (And Their Humans)» WIRED
13 Cat-Approved Gifts for Fabulous Felines (And Their Humans)

It's not like I just sit around licking myself all day. I have opinions about things. I've got a Pinterest page. Come the holidays, I would prefer to not be forgotten.

The post 13 Cat-Approved Gifts for Fabulous Felines (And Their Humans) appeared first on WIRED.

03:57 Blinkbox extends offline movie and TV playback to Android tablets» Engadget RSS Feed
When offline playback arrived for Blinkbox's video streaming service on the iPad, we knew that Android support couldn't be far behind. After all, Tesco has plenty of Hudl 2 tablets to sell this Christmas, which all heavily promote its services. So fo...
03:44 Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: I live in a relatively large college town that's within easy driving distance of several major metropolitan centers. In many ways, the infrastructure around here is top-notch. The major exception is the electrical grid. Lightning storm? Power outage. Heavy winds? Power outage. Lots of rain? Power outage. Some areas around town are immune to this — like around the hospital, for obvious reasons. But others seem to lose power at the drop of hat. Why is this? If it were a tiny village or in the middle of nowhere, it would make sense to me. What problems do the utility companies face that they can't keep service steady? Do you deal with a lot of outages where you live? I'm not sure if it's just an investment issue or a technological one. It hasn't gotten better in the decade I've lived here, and I can imagine it will only get worse as the infrastructure ages.

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03:36 China's Google will launch a smart bike later this year» Engadget RSS Feed
What's the next hot connected gadget category? Forget watches, we're thinking bikes, judging by the overwhelming interest in crazy, innovative new models like Teague's 'Denny' e-bike. Chinese search giant Baidu is all over that with the Dubike, a non...
03:00 Ten Of The Most Outrageous Things Benjamin Franklin Ever Did» Neatorama

Benjamin Franklin has gone from sainted Founding Father to controversial figure, ladies man and America's original superstar thanks in part to the Isaacson biography Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, but how much of this information is overblown?

Apparently not by much, and if you think the book made him seem totally outrageous wait until you read the 10 Most Outrageous Things Benjamin Franklin Ever Did.

Ben was a thinker, a drinker and a real stinker if you got on his bad side, but there’s no denying that he is one of America’s most fascinating historical figures, someone who really knew how to live life to the fullest.

02:23 Digital copyright issues are affecting car modifications» Engadget RSS Feed
Tinkering to get better performance out of your ride is one of the more rewarding aspects of vehicle ownership. The thing is, as cars have become more and more computer-dependent, getting a horsepower boost or better gas mileage by swapping exhaust s...
02:08 EE confirms it's also talking to BT about a possible sale» Engadget RSS Feed
BT surprised many when it confirmed it's currently in talks to buy back mobile operator O2, nearly 10 years after it sold the company to Telefonića. However, the telecoms giant said at the time that it wasn't interested in just one carrier. Rumours s...
01:12 Skype now lets you videocall while doing other things on Android» Engadget RSS Feed
A call comes in on Skype from that old family friend who's now living in Sweden, but you're in the middle of a pretty amazing game of Threes, or finely honing a very important email that needs to be sent this hour. Take the call? Pretend you're not t...
01:10 Uberdystopian: the surge-priced nightmare future» Boing Boing

Paul Ford's short story "One Day, I Will Die on Mars," depicts a chilling, all-too-believable dystopian world where Uber becomes a massive transhuman immortal colony-organism that treats its labor force as its gut-flora, to be continuously measured and perfected or discarded. Read the rest

01:02 Make yourself doxx-resistant by opting out of data-brokers» Boing Boing

It's an incredibly arduous, tedious, and deliberately unfriendly process, but you can, in fact, opt out of the data-brokers that are most commonly used to doxx people, uncovering their home addresses, work details, and so on (but beware, you have to do this on a more-or-less monthly basis to stay out of their databases). Read the rest

01:00 Teddy Bear on a Treadmill» Neatorama

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Munchkin is an adorable Shih Tzu puppy who dresses like a teddy bear. He was a hit at Halloween with his costume, but watch him walk on a treadmill! It honestly looks like we’re being chased by an Ewok. This is one of those videos you keep around for a pick-me-up when you're stressed out. It bet it would work like a charm! -via Laughing Squid

01:00 Why Bugs Bunny Is the Most Progressive Character of All Time» Cracked: All Posts
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01:00 6 Things I Learned About Humanity Living Through a Genocide» Cracked: All Posts
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00:50 Found Night Valeish poetry: Collection of surreal changelog and patch-note messages» Boing Boing

@thestrangelog collects "the strange poetry of changelogs and patch notes," publishing them verbatim ("All byzantine emperors will now have clothes regardless of what DLCs are enabled."). Read the rest

00:31 NSF Commits $16M To Build Cloud-Based and Data-Intensive Supercomputers» Slashdot
aarondubrow writes: As supercomputing becomes central to the work and progress of researchers in all fields, new kinds of computing resources and more inclusive modes of interaction are required. The National Science Foundation announced $16M in awards to support two new supercomputing acquisitions for the open science community. The systems — "Bridges" at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and "Jetstream," co-located at the Indiana University Pervasive Technology Institute and The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center — respond to the needs of the scientific computing community for more high-end, large-scale computing resources while helping to create a more inclusive computing environment for science and engineering. Reader 1sockchuck adds this article about why funding for the development of supercomputers is more important than ever: America's high-performance computing (HPC) community faces funding challenges and growing competition from China and other countries. At last week's SC14 conference, leading researchers focused on outlining the societal benefits of their work, and how it touches the daily lives of Americans. "When we talk at these conferences, we tend to talk to ourselves," said Wilf Pinfold, director of research and advanced technology development at Intel Federal. "We don't do a good job communicating the importance of what we do to a broader community." Why the focus on messaging? Funding for American supercomputing has been driven by the U.S. government, which is in a transition with implications for HPC funding. As ComputerWorld notes, climate change skeptic Ted Cruz is rumored to be in line to chair a Senate committee that oversees NASA and the NSF.

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Tue 25 November, 2014

23:30 New Snowden Docs Show GCHQ Paid Telcos For Cable Taps» Slashdot
Advocatus Diaboli sends word of a new release of documents made available by Edward Snowden. The documents show British intelligence agency GCHQ had a deep partnership with telecommunications company Cable & Wireless (acquired later by Vodafone). The company allowed GCHQ to tap submarine cables around the world, and was paid millions of British pounds as compensation. The relationship was so extensive that a GCHQ employee was assigned to work full time at Cable & Wireless (referred to by the code name “Gerontic” in NSA documents) to manage cable-tap projects in February of 2009. By July of 2009, Cable & Wireless provided access to 29 out of the 63 cables on the list, accounting for nearly 70 percent of the data capacity available to surveillance programs. ... As of July of 2009, relationships with three telecom companies provided access to 592 10-gigabit-per-second pipes on the cables collectively and 69 10-gbps “egress” pipes through which data could be pulled back. The July 2009 documents included a shopping list for additional cable access—GCHQ sought to more than triple its reach, upping access to 1,693 10-gigabit connections and increasing egress capacity to 390. The documents revealed a much shorter list of "cables we do not currently have good access [to]."

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23:29 The CIA and Homeland Security want to delete almost all their emails» Engadget RSS Feed
Usually, deleting emails is a no-fanfare, one-click affair -- but not when you're the Central Intelligence Agency or the Department of Homeland Security. Both agencies have recently submitted proposals to the National Archives and Records Administrat...
23:00 The Internet Has No Love For Grandpa Joe From Willie Wonka» Neatorama

The internet is full of cute cat pics, hilarious memes, and hate. How can these seemingly incongruous elements exist in one place? With a little help from trending, post sharing and social media-izing.

In 2004 lucky old Grandpa Joe, who got to visit Wonka’s chocolate factory and discovered candy can cure crippling afflictions, became the target of internetter rage when his villainous nature was exposed.

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The blog Say No To Grandpa Joe started it all, created "To reveal once and for all the truth about the only real villain in the movie"- Grandpa Joe.

They cite his attitude towards women, his tobacco money stash and the fact that he stayed in bed and let someone else do all the work, until the chance to have fun arrived, as reasons to hate old man Joe.

In 2010 a Facebook community called The I Hate Grandpa Joe From Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory was created to keep the hate alive, and a few months ago they posted this vile mashup pic, proving Grandpa Joe is the villain after all:

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-Via BuzzFeed

22:44 One of Sony's first 'new' ideas is a smartwatch that's all e-ink» Engadget RSS Feed
Sony's first idea to be born out of its new built-in "venture style" plan to create new products and impress, well, you and me, is apparently a combination of its e-ink reader tech and a smartwatch device. According to people familiar with the matter...
22:42 Beyond the 'Poo Bus': The Many Uses of Human Waste» LiveScience.com
A British “poo bus” went into service last week, powered by biomethane energy derived from human waste at a sewage plant.
22:23 Passengers Boarding Airplanes: We're Doing It Wrong» LiveScience.com
‘Tis the season for airplane travel. We may be looking forward to getting where we’re going, but most aspects of the travel itself are merely endured.
21:25 ISS's 3-D Printer Creates Its First Object In Space» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: NASA reports that the 3-D printer now installed on the International Space Station has finally finished its first creation. After it was installed on November 17th and calibrated over the next week, ground control sent it instructions yesterday to build a faceplate for the extruder's own casing. The process was mostly a success. "[Astronaut Butch Wilmore] Wilmore removed the part from the printer and inspected it. Part adhesion on the tray was stronger than anticipated, which could mean layer bonding is different in microgravity, a question the team will investigate as future parts are printed. Wilmore installed a new print tray, and the ground team sent a command to fine-tune the printer alignment and printed a third calibration coupon. When Wilmore removes the calibration coupon, the ground team will be able to command the printer to make a second object. The ground team makes precise adjustments before every print, and the results from this first print are contributing to a better understanding about the parameters to use when 3-D printing on the space station."

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21:00 Don’t Assume Anything» Neatorama

Sometimes you think you know what’s going on when you really have no clue. People with children can babysit as well as anyone, even if you define that as caring for a baby that’s not yours. When I’m watching my grandkids, is that “babysitting” or “grandparenting”? And does it really matter? This comic is from Chris at Lunarbaboon.

19:20 Lateral Thinking Puzzles» Boing Boing

For this Thanksgiving episode of the Futility Closet podcast, enjoy seven lateral thinking puzzles that didn't make it onto our regular shows. Solve along with us as we explore some strange scenarios using only yes-or-no questions. Happy Thanksgiving!

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19:13 Dick Cavett & Al Jaffee talk cartooning in a limo» Boing Boing

Jeff Newelt says: "Here's a video of a deep sublime conversation between Dick Cavett and Al Jaffee about cartooning... in a limo!"

Jeff wrote about the meeting in Heeb

19:11 Is LTO Tape On Its Way Out?» Slashdot
storagedude writes: With LTO media sales down by 50% in the last six years, is the end near for tape? With such a large installed base, it may not be imminent, but the time is coming when vendors will find it increasingly difficult to justify continued investment in tape technology, writes Henry Newman at Enterprise Storage Forum. "If multiple vendors invest in a technology, it has a good chance of winning over the long haul," writes Newman, a long-time proponent of tape technology. "If multiple vendors have a technology they're not investing in, it will eventually lose over time. Of course, over time market requirements can change. It is these interactions that I fear that are playing out in the tape market."

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18:21 EXCLUSIVE: Photo gallery of Ferguson demonstrators in NYC» Boing Boing
Photographer Daniel Schaefer captures the grief, anger, and resolve of demonstrators who took to the streets of Manhattan after the announcement that the police officer who killed unarmed black teen Michael Brown would not be indicted. Read the rest
18:10 The People Who Are Branding Vulnerabilities» Slashdot
antdude points out a story at ZDNet about how the naming of security vulnerabilities and exploits has evolved into branding and awareness campaigns. Heartbleed set the trend early this year, having a distinct name and logo to represent a serious security problem. It seemed to work; the underlying bug got massive exposure, even in the mainstream media. This raises a new set of issues — should the response to the disclosure of a vulnerability be dependent on how catchy its name is? No, but it probably will be. Heartbleed charmed the public, and in a way, it was designed to do so. By comparison Shellshock, POODLE (aka clumsy "Poodlebleed"), Sandworm, the secretively named Rootpipe, Winshock, and other vulns seem like proverbial "red headed stepchildren" — despite the fact that each of these vulns are critical issues, some are worse than Heartbleed, and all of which needed fast responses. The next "big bug" after Heartbleed was Shellshock — real name CVE-2014-6271. Shellshock didn't have a company's pocketbook or marketing team behind it. So, despite the fact that many said Shellshock was worse than Heartbleed (rated high on severity but low on complexity, making it easy for attackers), creating a celebrity out of Shellshock faced an uphill climb.

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18:00 Hauntingly Beautiful Paintings By Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen» Neatorama

If we could actually capture the appearance of a spirit on film, like those ghost show guys claim to be able to do, we might end up with a result that resembles the hauntingly beautiful paintings of Henrik Aarrestad Uldalen.

Henrik’s subjects look like they're materializing out of wisps of smoke, or breaking down into an incorporeal and foggy form, the beauty of soft human contours emerging from the insubstantial.

His paintings are meditative, deconstructive and strikingly humanistic, sparking conversations about the fleeting nature of human life and the way elements converge to create the human form. -Via Beautiful/Decay

17:49 Favorite self-tracking apps and the best mushroom book» Boing Boing

In this week’s episode of the Cool Tools Show, Gary Wolf, Co-founder of Quantified Self, shows us how his favorite Quantified Self inspired apps help him stay consistent, motivated and aware about his most important daily routines. If you’re struggling to keep your healthy habits in check, this week’s episode may help you diagnose where those dips in motivation are coming from.

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17:10 Firefox Will Soon Offer One-Click Buttons For Your Search Engines» Slashdot
An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla today unveiled some of the new search features coming to Firefox. The company says the new additions are "coming soon to a Firefox near you" but didn't give a more specific timeline. The news comes less than a week after Mozilla struck a deal with Yahoo to replace Google as the default search engine in its browser for U.S. users. At the time, the company said a new search experience was coming in December, so we're betting the search revamp will come with the release of Firefox 34, which is currently in beta. In the future release, when you type a search term into the Firefox search box, you will get a list of reorganized search suggestions from the default search provider. Better yet, a new array of buttons below these suggestions will let you pick which search engine you want to send the query to.

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17:04 Shared Manicure Tools Linked to Rare HIV Infection» LiveScience.com
In a rare case, researchers report that a 22-year-old woman in Brazil who tested positive for HIV likely contracted the virus by sharing manicure instruments with an HIV-infected cousin.
17:00 Babysitting Monkey» Neatorama

Inexperienced babysitters really do need a little supervision the first time they interact with infants. That holds true even if you're a monkey. In this clip from the BBC One series Life Story, a juvenile langur monkey tries out her parenting skills for the first time -with less-than-stellar results. It's a good thing mama monkey wasn't too far away! Maybe she'll do better next time, but you can be sure that mama monkey will stay close by to make sure there are no shenanigans. -Thanks, Caragh Salisbury!

17:00 Walker Grimes - Collect Them All, If You Dare...» Neatorama

Walker Grimes by StationJack

Kids will be kids, even in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, so when kids started looking for fun stuff to collect local living artists were happy to comply. They started drawing up trading cards featuring illustrations of what the survivors would look like as the walking dead, and although these gross cards turned the adults stomachs the kids just couldn't get enough of seeing how they'd look as a rotten walker!

Trading cards aren't just for the garbage pail any more, check out this Walker Grimes t-shirt by StationJack and see the ultimate fate awaiting the trading card industry after the zombie apocalypse...

Visit StationJack's Facebook fan page, official website, Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more horrifyingly good designs:

Beast PowerGriswold Christmas Egg NogSay DohMr. Terminator

View more designs by StationJack | More Funny T-shirts | New T-Shirts

Are you a professional illustrator or T-shirt designer? Let's chat! Sell your designs on the NeatoShop and get featured in front of tons of potential new fans on Neatorama!

17:00 Plush Toys Inspired by Childrens' Imaginations» Neatorama

The smiles and lights in the eyes of the kids shown here are the result of their youthful imaginings materializing into soft, huggable form. A company called "Budsies" takes childrens' drawings of their fantasy friends and transforms them into charming, nice sized (16-inch-tall) plush toys. This looks like something I would have coveted for Christmas when I was a kid. The cost is $69 and lead time is eight weeks. 

See more Budsies examples at their website and Facebook page. 

16:59 Why Dried Whiskey Under Microscope Looks Like Art» LiveScience.com
Dried whiskey looks like fine art when magnified thanks to its chemical composition and a cool aspect of fluid dynamics known as the Marangoni Effect.
16:00 “YMCA” by The Bottle Boys» Neatorama

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The Copenhagen musical group The Bottle Boys play us a tune we all know and love, and let us in on one of their secrets to making bottle music look so easy -when we all know it’s not. From the YouTube page:

Sometimes people say, that it’s impossible to play that fast on bottles when they see our videos, because they are looking at just one persons head movements. But if you look closer you will see, that we share all the melodies by two persons. So if Philipp plays one part of the lead melody, Kaspar plays the other half, which combined gives you the complete melodic part that you all recognize:-)

We decided to shoot this video in our own studio, since it’s too cold outside here in Denmark and since we wanted it to have a more cosy look, without too much else going on in the frame. In that way you can really focus on what’s being played. We chose to play Y.M.C.A because it has some fast melodic parts and some really cool secondary melody lines.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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16:00 Here's What Non-Human Cartoon Characters Would Look Like As Humans» Neatorama

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Animation fans often wonder what their favorite non-human cartoon characters would look like as humans, and artists who grew up loving cartoons can't help but give the transformation a try, just to see what happens.

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People present them in all kinds of styles, from realistic human to totally toonified, and yet I don’t think I’ve ever seen a collection as large, or diverse, as this list of 25 Non-Human Cartoon Characters As Humans, presented by the staff at Dorkly.

You get to see classic toons like Bugs Bunny, new school toons like Mordecai and Rigby from Regular Show, and this extremely strange envisioning of a handsome human Squidward. Okay, maybe we should leave these toons alone after all!

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15:47 Twitter in talks to buy Bieber-backed selfie app Shots: CNBC» Internet News Headlines - Yahoo! News

The Twitter logo is pictured at its headquarters on Market Street in San Francisco(Reuters) - Twitter Inc is in talks to buy Shots, a selfie photo-sharing app, CNBC reported, citing a source close to the Justin Bieber-backed company. The microblogging website is particularly interested in the app's more than 3 million users, nearly two-thirds of whom are women under 24, CNBC said. (http://cnb.cx/1AQ7U34) A Twitter spokesperson said the company does not comment on rumor and speculation. Shots could not be reached immediately for comment. (This version of the story was refiled to fix media coding.) (Reporting by Abhirup Roy in Bangalore; Editing by Savio D'Souza)